Dorkfood wants to teach your slow cooker some new tricksFor $99, this nifty gadget will turn your old Crock-Pot into a sous vide super cooker.
Hey I'm cnets Ry Crists today we're going to look at Suevi cooking which means to cook things at a consistent temperature in a water bath with circulation and vacuum sealing to help keep the flavors in. And you're probably saying that's a Crock Pot right? That's not a Suvee cooker. well, with the Dorkfood DSV it can be a Suvee cooker. Now the DSV is really just this device here. It's an industrial grade temperature controller that uses this black rubber probe to monitor the temperature of the water. So you're gonna stick this into the Crock Pot filled with water. Make sure it's not touching sides. And then it'll start reading the temperature. It'll tell you it's 71. You hold down the set button and that is going to set it to the temperature you want. So you just get up to 136 140 145. Whatever you want. Hit set again and then boom. It's gonna start heading up to that temperature using the crockpot's actual heating element. You'll plug your crock pot into the [UNKNOWN] and it'll cycle the power on and off to get to that target temperature and keep it there. Now this approach wont work with all slow cookers. You need a slow cooker that as soon as you turn it on it's heating up. So this really means it's one with a physical dial. A cheap one like this one. Where you can turn it to high, leave it on high. As soon as you plug it in it's on high. That'll work. If you aren't sure if yours will work just set it to high and unplug it and plug it back in. If it goes back to high it'll work with Dorkfood. If not you might need to get a different one. Now we tested the DSV alongside the Anova, the Nomiku, some other Sous-vide cookers that are a little more comprehensive. Those have built-in heating elements and built-in fans for circulating the water and maintaining that temperature's consistency. The Dorkfood doesn't have that. Doesn't have a fan. So I wasn't sure it'd be able to as good of a job. But lo and behold, it did great. It poached eggs. It cooked salmon. I was able to get nice medium-rare edge-to-edge pink meat in it. Pork ribs. You name it. It kept up with the Nova and Nomiku in every test. Did a very nice job. The [UNKNOWN] DSV retails for $99. Now it's a pretty attractive price point compared to the Enova cooker which costs 199, and [UNKNOWN] which sells for 299. Unlike those though, the [UNKNOWN] doesn't have the attractive design or the all in one aspect. Doesn't have a touch screen or a physical dial. You can only set to. Whole degree you can set to tenth of degree, like you can Novatoo, but still, I think it offers a lot of value for anybody looking to experiment with Suvee who doesn't care so much about about a glamorous looking kitchen. So all in all sort of a dorky approach to Suvee cooking, but one that I think does the job really well. Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out my full review on CNet.com. For CNet Appliances, I'm Ryan Crist. [MUSIC]